African Intellectuals and Decolonization

Edited by Nicholas M. Creary

“A knowledge of old school Black intellectualism in the Americas and Africa may serve as a prerequisite to these readings, but one can still enjoy this work without a prior awareness of the history. This book is must for all aspiring and functional Black intellectuals!”

Decades after independence for most African states, the struggle for decolonization is still incomplete, as demonstrated by the fact that Africa remains associated in many Western minds with chaos, illness, and disorder. African and non-African scholars alike still struggle to establish the idea of African humanity, in all its diversity, and to move Africa beyond its historical role as the foil to the West.

As this book shows, Africa’s decolonization is an ongoing process across a range of fronts, and intellectuals—both African and non-African—have significant roles to play in that process. The essays collected here examine issues such as representation and retrospection; the roles of intellectuals in the public sphere; and the fundamental question of how to decolonize African knowledges. African Intellectuals and Decolonization outlines ways in which intellectual practice can serve to de-link Africa from its global representation as a debased, subordinated, deviant, and inferior entity.

Lesley Cowling, University of the Witwatersrand
Nicholas M. Creary, University at Albany
Marlene De La Cruz, Ohio University
Carolyn Hamilton, University of Cape Town
George Hartley, Ohio University
Janet Hess, Sonoma State University
T. Spreelin McDonald, Ohio University
Ebenezer Adebisi Olawuyi, University of Ibadan
Steve Odero Ouma, University of Nairobi
Oyeronke Oyewumi, State University of New York
at Stony Brook
Tsenay Serequeberhan, Morgan State University

Nicholas M. Creary teaches African history in the Department of Africana Studies at the University at Albany. He is the author of Domesticating a Religious Import: The Jesuits and the Inculturation of the Catholic Church in Zimbabwe, 1879–1980.

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Research in International Studies, Africa Series, № 90

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African History · Colonialism and Decolonization · African Studies



Retail price: $26.95, S.
Release date: Oct. 2012
160 pages · 5½ × 8½ in.
Rights: World


Release date: Oct. 2012
≅ 160 pages
Rights: World